Arts & Soul

A thriving and ever-growing arts and culture scene awaits you in Wilmington and our island beaches. Enjoy plays, musicals, live music, film screenings and more at Wilmington’s one-of-a-kind performance venues.

Step back in time at one of the oldest and most beautiful theaters in America at Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, which has been in continuous use since it opened in 1858 and features stage productions, film screenings, dance performances and more.

The Wilson Center hosts Broadway shows, Grammy Award-winning musicians, dance performances, and other premier events. Visit Wilmington’s only dinner theater at TheatreNOW featuring a variety of musicals, Sunday Jazz brunches and kids' adventure shows.

The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra presents classical and pops performances throughout the year, along with community and educational offerings like the Wilmington Youth Orchestra, family performances and an artist-in-residence program.

Immerse yourself in North Carolina history and art at one of Wilmington’s many museums including The Cameron Art Museum with rotating exhibitions, ongoing classes and seasonal programs. Tour three museums housed in historic homes at the Bellamy MansionBurgwin-Wright House and Latimer House, all featuring exhibits and information on the history of the homes and the Wilmington area. Visit the state’s oldest history museum at the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science showcasing exhibits on the history, science and cultures of the lower Cape Fear region.

Just a few short blocks away from the central business district is the Castle Street Arts & Antique District where you'll find art, antiques, restaurants like RX Restaurant & Bar and The Jester's Cafe, wine stores and other retail including Decades of Décor.

Enjoy live music at a variety of Wilmington’s intimate venues including outdoors in Greenfield Lake Park at the Hugh Morton Amphitheater, a scenic 1200-seat venue, and watch musicians showcase their talents in a 123-year old church at the Brooklyn Arts Center.

Read more about performance venues, museums, art galleries and pedestrian art stops in Wilmington and our island beaches.